BNM Celebrates 50th Anniversary Of Kilang Wang With Issuance Of Commemorative Coins
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Numismatists are in for another treat as Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) has announced that it is issuing another set of commemorative coins in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of its mint, Kilang Wang.

In a statement, BNM noted that Kilang Wang is the official mint for Malaysia’s coins, and has been operating since its establishment on 10 July 1971. In celebration of this, a total of four commemorative coins have been made available for sale: the copper commemorative coin (proof) in the shape of the wau, gasing, and congkak, as well as the Nordic gold brilliant uncirculated (BU) commemorative coin.

Here are the full details of the coins:

Copper commemorative coin (in three designs/shapes)

The copper commemorative coin is the highlight of this series, available in three distinct shapes – the wau, gasing, and congkak – and despite the different designs, will all share the same face value of RM5. In terms of manufacture, the coins are made of copper with 99.9 purity, with the wau, gasing, and congkak coins weighing 36.6 grammes, 21.7 grammes, and 22.8 grammes, respectively. The three copper commemorative coins will be sold at RM220 per piece, with 1,200 pieces available for each type.

Design-wise, here are BNM’s detailed description of the obverse and reverse of each uniquely shaped coin:  

Design of coinObverseReverse
Wau– Top left corner features the text “50 TAHUN PENGHASILAN DUIT SYILING” in conjunction with 50 years of coin minting by Kilang Wang  

– The numerals 5 and 0 are styled to mimic to shape of two coins  

– Top right features the wau with floral motif, flying across a trail of stars to symbolise Kilang Wang’s evolution and progress over the years
– Top centre features the text “BANK NEGARA MALAYSIA”  

– Text “5 RINGGIT” in the middle of the coin to represent its face value  

– Background design adopts a touch of traditionalism with its floral motif
Gasing– Left side features the text “50 TAHUN PENGHASILAN DUIT SYILING” in conjunction with 50 years of coin minting by Kilang Wang  

– The numerals 5 and 0 are styled to mimic to shape of two coins  

– Right side features circuitry and mechanical gears to symbolise progress, modernisation, and technology  

– Background features linear stripes depicting movement and speed, inspired by gasing leper
– Top centre features the text “BANK NEGARA MALAYSIA”  

– Text “5 RINGGIT” in the middle of the coin to represent its face value  

– Background features the numbers 1, 5, 10, 20, and 50 in various typefaces to depict the different series of coins issued over the years. Also to symbolise five decades of coin minting.
Congkak– Left side features the text “50 TAHUN PENGHASILAN DUIT SYILING” in conjunction with 50 years of coin minting by Kilang Wang  

– The numerals 5 and 0 are styled to mimic to shape of two coins  

– Textured background resembles a mengkuang mat, with seven images and motifs from various series of coins issued by Kilang Wang over the years superimposed on it. These include the Parliament building (first coin series), the wau, rebana, and gasing (second coin series), as well as Mah Meri motif and sulur kacang (third coin series).
– Designed to look like a congkak board. Middle of the coin features two rows of congkak houses containing marbles with frosted tones, designed to reveal an optical illusion of 5 and 0, signifying 50 years of coin minting by Kilang Wang.  

– Left side features the text “BANK NEGARA MALAYSIA”  

– Text “5 RINGGIT” on the right side to represent its face value

Nordic gold brilliant uncirculated (BU) commemorative coin

Meanwhile, the Nordic gold BU commemorative coin has a face value of RM1, and is made of copper and several other metals at the weight of 8.5 grammes. It will be sold at RM13.20 per piece, with a quantity of 5,000 pieces available.

The obverse side of the Nordic gold BU commemorative coin carries the words “50 TAHUN PENGHASILAN DUIT SYILING” and “JUBLI EMAS”, while the numerals in the middle (5 and 0) are styled to mimic the shape of two coins, with the addition of a kijang to represent BNM. Furthermore, the circumference features a decorative circular motif, symbolising market circulation.

The reverse side, on the other hand, will see the Nordic gold BU commemorative coin featuring the text “BANK NEGARA MALAYSIA” to depict the issuing authority, followed by “1 RINGGIT” next to it to indicate the face value. The top left circumference on this side also features the image of a 5 sen coin issued back in 1971, when Kilang Wang first began minting coins. The bottom left, meanwhile, has the image of a 50 sen coin issued in 2021.

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(Image: Bernama)

The governor of BNM, Tan Sri Nor Shamsiah Mohd Yunus noted that the designs of this series of commemorative coins are particularly memorable. “For the past five decades, Kilang Wang has been minting beautiful coins with designs that Malaysians love. With their distinctive shapes and designs, the commemorative coins issued in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of the Kilang Wang celebrates our country’s cultural heritage, while showcasing the mint’s expert craftmanship and technology,” she said.

The public can already begin to submit online orders for these commemorative coins starting from today, all the way up until 9 October 2022 (11pm). Aside from being able to purchase each coin on its own, those interested in the copper commemorative coin can also obtain them in a set of three (comprising one wau, gasing, and congkak coin) at the price of RM605. A total of 1,200 sets are available for purchase.

Additionally, the public should note that each individual will be restricted to a purchase limit of one copper commemorative coin set (set of three), one copper coin for each shape (wau, gasing, and congkak), and up to five Nordic gold BU coins.

BNM further reminded the public to place their orders through its online system and not with any other unauthorised ordering facilities. As always, balloting will be done in the event of oversubscription.

(Source: BNM)

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